John Collins, whose parents were from Ireland, was a school teacher and, perhaps, a captain in the Revolution.
He was said to have been born in Fairfax County, Virginia, in 1760. He died on March 18, 1826, in Franklin County, Indiana. He married August 14, 1788, Mary Catherine Kestner in Rockbridge, Augusta County, Virginia.
Their children were Luke, Catherine, John, Hulda, Mary, Philip, Henry, Miller, Rebecca, Juraldine Tardee, and Malinda.
Mary Catherine Kestner may have been a descendant of John Philip Kestner who came to Pennsylvania in the early days, for there were a John and a Philip Kestner in Augusta County when Mary Catherine was married, and one of her grandsons was named John Philip Kestner Collins.
The Collins family moved from Virginia to the White Water Settlement in Franklin County, Indiana, in 1809, and to Morgan County, Indiana, in 1817 or 1818. Rebecca Collins, daughter of John and Mary Catherine Collins, was born on July 5, 1799, in Washington County, Virginia. She died in 1879.
In 1825, she married Johnson Douglass in Morgan County, Indiana. Johnson Douglass was born on July 15, 1784, in Pennsylvania of Scotch parents who originally settled in Virginia. He died on May 7, 1829, in Morgan County, Indiana.
He had a brother Edward, and the family was related to the Paxsons or Paxtons. The first wife (Mary Catherine Kestner) and two baby daughters of Johnson Douglass died. He then married Nellie Russell, while still in Pennsylvania.
They had two sons, Robert Russell, and Thomas. Johnson Douglass came to Indiana before the state was admitted to the union. Johnson and Rebecca Collins (his third wife) Douglass had two daughters. The younger died in infancy.
The elder, Caroline Louisa Douglass married William Cain. She died August 8, 1858.
William Cain was the son of George Washington and Tabitha (Ciscal) Cain. Juraldine Tardee (Cain) Serogin was their daughter.
I wish further information about the Douglass and Collins families.
I especially wish to find definite information about the service of John Collins in the Revolutionary War.
—J. Smith Miller,
411 W. Fifth Street,
Los Angeles, California